after: "Moses and the Burning Bush" by Sebastien Bourdon (1642-45) and "Evening at Medfield, Massachusetts" by George Inness (1875)
This image begins with two allusions to the divinity of nature. Most noticeably, the figure of Moses crouching in the foreground was taken from Sebastien Bourdon's Moses and the Burning Bush, an episode where God speaks to Moses through a plant. Serving as a stage for Moses, George Inness's Evening at Medfield, Massachusetts, was supposedly a manifestation of the artist's belief in the idea that nature was a direct link between the material world and the divine (a belief that resulted in a very particular "glow" from many of Inness' paintings). In further considering the idea of divinity and nature, the tall tale of Johnny Appleseed came to mind (many versions of which reference Appleseed as a preacher as well as an obsessive, pot-wearing gardener). Because of the darkly silhouetted forms in Inness' painting and Moses' posture of covering his eyes, it made sense to conceal elements from a Highlights For Kids Hidden Pictures drawing featuring Johnny Appleseed throughout the composition.

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JONATHAN FERRARA GALLERY is a collective environment of creative visions featuring monthly exhibitions of (inter)national, emerging to established, contemporary artists.
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